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Why Your Art Is Essential

By Erik Peterson

Life is a journey, and so is your art. 

As an artist, the two are forever intertwined and bound together. As St. Paul might say, this is a profound mystery! Your art is a journey to discover more of the life you want to live, and more of God’s life that wants to live in you.  

If you think back on your life and...

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The Work of Creating vs. Everything Else

By Erik Peterson

While everyone may have a different creative process - what works for me is different than what works for you - there is one single thing we can all agree upon.

Artists create time to create.  

Creative Procrastination

What keeps us from actually creating?  There are many reasons: lack of clarity of purpose, lack...

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Entering Lent with Openness and Honesty

By Erik Peterson

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Christian season of Lent, a period of 40 days preparing and culminating in Easter. It is a time of reflection, prayer, repentance, preparation, fasting and service.  Mostly, it is an invitation to grow closer with Jesus, learning from Him as we walk in His...

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You Are God's Masterpiece

By Erik Peterson

I just spent some time praying, asking, “God, what do you want me to write about?  What do you want for this community of artists?”  These are questions I intend to keep asking, especially before creating. I know I have certain ideas, but what are my ideas when compared to God’s, whose ways are...

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Why It's Impossible to Create Without Community

By Erik Peterson

There is a deeply held conviction in our culture, a belief that runs so deep that we are often blind to its underlying presence. It can affect every aspect of our lives - from our art, to our work and our relationships. 

It’s the belief that we are all alone, that it’s “all up to me” when we embark...

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What is Your Deepest Longing? - A Free Gift for You

By Joey O'Connor

For many years, The Grove has helped artists explore their deepest longings for more of God, deeper relationships, and creating great art. 

The Longing scratches all these itches and offers hope for your deepest longings.

At its core, The Longing is all about the riches of God's generous love...

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Do You Know Your Unique Purpose?

 

(Consider reading the post first before watching the video...context matters.)

In many years working with artists, one common theme emerges when I speak with an artist who feels stuck, stagnant or circling round and round in creative dead ends.

And that is the theme of purpose.

If you feel flat, unmotivated, frustrated, or discouraged in your...

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What is Your Route to Desire and Joy?

Do you ever feel like you are climbing a long, steep route with no end of the trail in sight? Do you find your former routes for living out your desire and joy now elusive?

I sure do.

I don't know about you, but there have been moments in the past year that have certainly reminded me of earlier seasons when life felt like a long, steep...

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Certain Thoughts on Uncertainty

By Joey O'Connor

For the past eight months, our modern media has been banging one loud drum with a phrase that has not sat well with me. 

What's the phrase, you ask?

Drumroll please with thundering dramatic underscore...

We are living in times of unprecedented uncertainty.

Who uses the prefix "un" two times in a row? 

It makes for good...

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Are You Ready for A Great Adventure? Among Kings - A New Historical Fiction Novel by Joey O'Connor

 

I have been on a creative writing journey for the past 13 years with the most ambitious and challenging writing project I've ever taken on. It began with two years of research and writing a screenplay with my brother-in-law, Ken Straw. Then, for the past three years, I've been writing the historical fiction novel version of the story....

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